Nice try Mr Twitter

27 05 2011

Category; Media, Law, Privacy

If the courts took the approach I recently talked about and simply used the common law to deal with the issues raised by superinjunctions it’s been suggested to me this wouldn’t cover the twitter problem…it might stop the newspapers, but it can’t stop individuals tweeting away.

Yes it can. And the head of Twitter in Europe seems to have realised that too. Tony Wang recently warned that individual users who post secrets need to watch out because the law might come after them. Read the rest of this entry »

Super Solution to Super Injunctions

24 05 2011

Category: Law, Media, Privacy

The legal earthquake over superinjunctions is the result of a number of tectonic plates crashing up against each other; European legal codes v English common law, and European privacy v Anglo-Saxon free speech.

There’s no good reason this has become such a public mess. Except that the law is not used to being hurried and lobbied and that is what has happened. A whole new, untested, area of law emerged after Max Mosley won his privacy case. The judges were thrown by this and have been struggling ever since to come up with a credible and coherent response. There is one – and it lies within longstanding English law. Read the rest of this entry »

Fair Comment

30 03 2010

Category: Media

This blog does not have a comment section. Have you ever read the comments people leave on websites? That’s why.

The Press Complaints Commission has, for the first time, censured a blogger; Rod Liddle. Liddle writes for a magazine, and the blog was hosted by the magazine which is why the PCC got involved.

He put up a nasty post which was factually inaccurate. Liddle has bought into the idea of the web as a place you can say what you like and his posts are suitably rude and bilious.

The net is an immature medium, hopefully the viciousness that permeates its discourse is something it will grow out of. Some of the posts from this blog are cross-posted by other sites which have comments enabled; they quickly descend into exchanges of abuse and threat… Read the rest of this entry »

Too much intelligence

15 11 2009

Category: Law, Media, Politics, Rowan Laxton

I wonder if Rowan Laxton will go the way of Craig Murray, former Ambassador to Uzbekistan who quit his post and gives vent to quite extreme views, quite forcefully expressed, on his blog. It suggests a man filled with rage, and hate, bitterness and bile. It’s impossible to read more than a few lines without recoiling from the vitriol.

More seriously, in a post I read he had decided to out someone as being an SIS (MI6) operative… Read the rest of this entry »